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Bellmore JFK Cougars

Coach: Cheryl Feldman

2015 record: 12-5

Key players

Cora Travaglione CF Sr.

Samantha Berger C Sr.

Sydney Yormack P/1B Sr.

Amanda Maffucci OF Soph.

Azaria Vargas 3B Soph.

Outlook: Travaglione gets on base often (. 613 OBP) and drives in a lot of runs (27 last season). Berger posted a .545 slugging percentage last season. Yormack, another run producer in the middle of the lineup, mixes her pitches well.

New Hyde Park Gladiators

Coach: Jacqueline Rizzuto

2015 record: 13-9

Key players

Anne Grimshaw C Jr.

Victoria Mooney LF Sr.

Hannah Arkin CF Jr.

Jennifer Hickey P/2B Jr.

Jamie Mooney P Soph.

Outlook: Young team is led by Grimshaw, who has power at the plate and is quick to her feet behind the plate. Victoria Mooney is the anchor in the outfield with her tracking ability and strong arm.

Mineola Mustangs

Coach: Anthony Tramonte

2015 record: 3-15

Key players

Emily Skupp P/CF Sr.

Mallory Donelan C Sr.

Emily McGuire SS Soph.

Erin Meehan P/UTL Jr.

Tina Conway LF Sr.

Outlook: Skupp, a starting pitcher with great command the last four years, is expected to play center to strengthen defense up middle, but will make spot starts and relief appearances. She also hits for power and average. Donellan can slap, bunt, and find the gaps.

Glen Cove Big Red

Coach: Angela Zupa

2015 season: 6-14

Key players

Sara Tenke P Sr.

Safire Blissett SS Jr.

Christina Ng P Sr.

Mary Garcia CF Sr.

Larissa Ketcham 1B Sr.

Outlook: Tenke is a run-producer who hit over .500 in each of the last two seasons. Blissett, who scored 34 runs last season, helps manufacture offense with her speed on the bases.

Floral Park Knights

Coach: Mike Spina

2015 record: 12-4

Key players

Riley Anderson C Sr.

Meagan Early P Sr.

Grace Calo INF

Julia Gonzalez 2B Jr.

Kelly Marmorowski INF 8th grade

Outlook: Anderson, a cleanup hitter with a power bat, is strong at keeping the ball in front of her and limiting the running game. Early has command of five pitches. Calo is a threat on the bases.

Garden City Trojans

Coach: Marisa Reichman

2015 record: 0-18

Key players

Melissa Ward P/UTL Jr.

Erin Cunningham P/UTL Jr.

Jayna Silva UTL Sr.

Katie Yule OF Sr.

Julianne Larsson 1B Jr.

Outlook: Should be stronger defensively this season. Ward, a hard thrower, and Cunningham, more of a finesse pitcher, will split time in the circle in the early going.

East Rockaway Rocks

Coach: Joe Lores

2015 record: 18-5

Key players

Erica Acampora CF Sr.

Caitlin O’Mara SS Sr.

Marisa Felbinger C Sr.

Emily Chelius P Fr.

Diana Locotetta 2B Sr.

Outlook: The reigning Class B county champions, who move into Class C, return the entire lineup. Acampora led the team in most categories, including RBIS with 45, a single-season school record.

Oyster Bay Baymen

Coach: Morgan Lashley

2015 record: 7-12

Key players

Emily Moore C Jr.

Dana Galgano P Sr.

Danielle Sugar 1B Sr.

Ashley Hazan SS Soph.

Taylor Wilson INF Soph.

Outlook: The Class B county semifinalists are led by Moore, a leader on the field who blocks well behind the plate and has good chemistry with Galgano, a movement pitcher who hits her spots.

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